A blowfly. Unusually large, loud, and eager to lay its eggs. It was lying in wait to get into the kitchen, rubbing its wings and feet against the curtain as if preparing to feast. It was after meat, nothing else but meat.
Deep in an overgrown Estonian forest, two women, one young, one old, are hiding. Zara, a murderer and a victim of sex-trafficking, is on the run from brutal captors. Aliide, a communist sympathizer and a blood traitor, has endured a life of abuse and the country's brutal Soviet years. Their survival now depends on exposing the one thing that kept them hidden... the truth.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm
Powerful, passionately wrought, emotionally shattering, extraordinary * Independent *
Finland's hottest crime writer * The Times *
Essential reading: Purge is not a book to read last thing at night * Economist *
Murder, sexual violence and political history combine to place Oksanen in the front rank of crime novelists * Sunday Times *
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I didn't know what to expect from this book, but after hearing all the hype I was hoping it wouldn't be a let down. And it wasn't!
The book tells the story of two women - Aliide and Zara. Aliide is an... More
“Certainly not a relaxing read”
Sorry to say that I did not enjoy reading this book..
Chapters are dated so there is no confusion across the timelines but just not the type of book you can relax with.
I found the book compelling, it wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, but it was a book that I kept picking up... if that makes sense!
I don't really know much about Soviet/Estonian Politics, so I... More
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